President, Sarah Townsend!
I am in my second year of the Masters of Public Administration program, focusing on nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship. Before school, I worked at the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville, TN, leading the professional training program for area nonprofit employees. My fiancé, Brett, is also getting his MBA at IU. Brett secured an investment banking internship in downtown Minneapolis this summer, and since we wanted to be in the same location for the summer, also, I spent the past few months interning at Social Venture Partners Minnesota. I love yoga and Pilates, so when I’m not at SPEA in class or studying, I’m usually enjoying a class at Vibe Yoga Studio or the HPER. The trails around town are also fun to hike/walk. Brett and I like to try new restaurants together, so that’s been fun. I also love going to Scholar’s Inn… the carrot muffins are amazing!
Vice President, Katie Meier
I am a second year MPA candidate concentrating in Nonprofit Management. I graduated from Albion College with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science in 2010, and I am from East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here in Indiana I volunteer regularly with People & Animal Learning Services (a therapeutic horseback riding facility) and am a Program Facilitator for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. This past summer I interned at the Monroe County YMCA and worked for the Monroe County Parks and Recreation Department. Eventually I would like to be in charge of fundraising campaigns for a nonprofit. In my spare time, I enjoy running, horseback riding, being social, spending time with my family, traveling, and music.
Director of Programs, Leslie Abshier
Hi Everyone! My name is Leslie Abshier (formally Leslie Leonard) and I am your NMA Director of Programs! I am an MPA student concentrating in Nonprofit Management and working towards earning the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate as well. I interned in the Development and Community Relations Department at Options for Better Living in Bloomington during the summer of 2011. Options works with people who have a disability. I helped to plan their largest fundraising event, the Art of Chocolate, and launch a 30 year Birthday Celebration Campaign. I also wrote a business plan for them as they are looking to start a few money-making entities related to their mission to raise funds by means other than government grants, government payments, and private donations. I am passionate about seeing nonprofits become less reliant on government money and more collaborative within their communities, partnering with for-profit businesses and other nonprofits. Options is doing just that. I am highly active in my church (Genesis Church), leading the prayer team in their college ministry (Emanate) and a young newlyweds small group with my husband, Chris. I was recently married this past July! I LOVE football, it takes a higher priority in my life than it probably should :-) GO COLTS and GO HOOSIERS!! I also love children…Chris and I want to have a big family. I have a minor, but growing, addiction to Jiffy Treat ice cream. I am excited to be the NMA Director of Programs for 2011-2012 because I know how important it is to have outside the classroom opportunities to network, learn, ask questions and have fun with those who are interested in the nonprofit community as much as you and I are!
Treasurer, Shar Fish
Hi guys, I’m Shar Fish. I am a second-year MPA candidate concentrating in Nonprofit Management, Treasurer of the Nonprofit Management Association, Service Corps Fellow at Girls Inc., SPEA Ambassador, and a gardener, bicyclist, (very) amateur chef, vegetarian, cat owner, sister, daughter, bff, partner, and aunt. I wear a lot of hats. Between the time I earned my B.A. in Political Science at Kent State University and coming to SPEA, I worked for six years in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. I am especially interested in animal welfare and food policy issues. My summer internship was with the Indiana State Director of the Humane Society of the United States. It’s always a pleasure to meet new SPEONs, so feel free to come chat with me about any of the aforementioned issues. Especially NMA. It’s a top-notch organization to be involved with.
Secretary, Jacquie Ackerman
Hi, I’m Jacqueline Ackerman, and I’m this year’s NMA Secretary. I grew up in Haiti, where my parents still work in medical and educational aid. I received my undergrad degree from Anderson University in Political Science and French, and decided to come to SPEA to help me accomplish my goal of working for an international NGO. This summer I went back to Haiti to work for the Zafen program of Fonkoze, Haiti’s microlending bank. Most of my work involved looking at how to provide credit and other assistance to small and medium businesses in Haiti. I’m really looking forward to my second year at SPEA, and helping to coordinate some fun events and experiences for NMA members!